New Pioneers Museum exhibit features photographs of American Indians

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“[Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed” opens Saturday at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. 

The exhibit includes dozens of pictorialist photographs of American Indians taken by Reed in the early 20th century. 

Reed saw himself as both an artist and an ethnographer, according to the museum. 

“Reed constructed romantic scenes that situated American Indians in an imagined past versus contemporary reality,” the museum said in a statement. “The new exhibit will encourage visitors to examine the role ‘retrospective photography’ plays in shaping our understanding of American Indians.”

The exhibit includes original artwork and commentary by Gregg Deal, a Pyramid Lake Paiute artist whose work challenges misconceptions of indigenous people and asks viewers to reexamine stereotypes. 

The exhibit runs until January 5. 

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